Entrada chosen as platform to support CBME

Entrada (entrada.org) has been chosen to serve as the School’s technology platform in support of competency-based medical education (CBME) and in the near future all education needs in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education related to assessment, scheduling, portfolios, etc.

As described on their website, Entrada is an open source and integrated teaching and learning platform which was created to allow learners, teachers, and curriculum managers a simple way of accessing, interacting, and managing information within their educational environment.

The Entrada platform was developed and is maintained by an international consortium of medical schools. Schulich Medicine & Dentistry will be joining the consortium, which currently includes University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, UBC, McGill, Rush and several other universities. As full members, the School will play a key role in the development of add-ons to the platform, as well as benefit from additional development by other schools.

It is expected, in time, that Entrada will replace the various other platforms currently being used by the School’s medical education programs including One45, New Innovations, ePortfolio and others.

Initially, the focus is on postgraduate medical education and on residency programs that will be transitioning effective July 2018, which includes Emergency Medicine, Medical Oncology, Nephrology, Surgical Foundations and Urology. Currently, the tentative roll-out for the undergraduate medical education program is scheduled for September 2019.

The goal is to develop easy to use, brief online assessment tools that can be completed in the moment using a smartphone or other web-enabled technology, and to support an electronical portfolio of assessments that can be readily synthesized, searched and viewed.

It is anticipated that Entrada will reduce the time and work associated with assessments and all faculty will be required to move from any remaining paper-based assessments to this new system.

Four working committees have been established at the School to support the management of the implementation of Entrada during the next several months. The committees will be focused on the overall purchase and implementation, finances, information technology, and competency-based medical education. 

The Entrada implementation team is working closely with Western’s Technology Services to ensure all the technology requirements are being met. Training will be available following the installation.

What does this mean for you?

If you are faculty member, program director or program administrator, you will be contacted for training, preparation and implementation for your teams. Entrada will be rolled out in phases, and implementation will be centrally managed by the Schulich Postgraduate Medical Education Office, the Undergraduate Medical Education Office and Information Services.

If you are a resident, you will be contacted for training as your program transitions to the new platform.